Before we get into more detailed info, this site uses self-hosted analytics to gather info about which pages are visited, what types of devices are used to visit them, and the general location of the visitors. This information is anonymized, and it is unlikely that the info would be able to be traced back to a specific individual. You can opt out of this information gathering below (this will also apply to all websites that I own, since they use the same tracking software).
Who we are
Our website address is: https://andy-bell.com. This website is run by Andrew Bell, as if you couldn’t tell by the website address.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.
If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.
If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
Who we share your data with
Analytics information gathered on this site is not shared with any third parties. (I use a self-hosted Matomo Analytics instance, so the data remains on my own server.) It would not be shared with third parties except as required under law.
How long we retain your data
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.
For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
Where we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
You can contact me through the contact forms on this site, or by email. The email address is andy at this domain.
How we protect your data
I update all software on this server approximately weekly to ensure the data has a reasonable level of protection. I’m not a professional system administrator, so I cannot guarantee the safety of data on this or related websites. However, I do not seek to store data of a highly personal nature, so risk of damage from data theft is relatively low.